CP WELLAND TUBE LEAD

TRACKSIDE GUIDE & PHOTOS

EX-MC FORT ERIE BRANCH | EX-NYC MAIN LINE
EX-PC MAIN LINE | EX-CR WELLAND TUBE LEAD

Present timetable listing for this line:

CP ~ WELLAND TUBE LEAD
DECEMBER 3, 2001 - SEPTEMBER 10, 2002

MILE
Jct. with CP Montrose Subdivision0.0
Townline Tunnel Road East0.21
Strawn Road1.0
Hwy 1401.60
Rusholme Road2.08
End Of Steel
(Jct. with CN Welland Tube Spur)
2.4

Traffic movement on this line:

     No trackage exists on this line.


Points of interest along this line:

     Mile 0.0 (Jct. with Montrose Subdivision) : Stauth Road, Welland : Mile 0.0 is located at a manual switch off of the CP Montrose Subdivision at Brookfield.

     Mile 0.21 : Netherby Road, Welland : At mile 0.21 is Netherby Road. This is not the Netherby Road that the CN Stamford crosses at mile 16.35.

There are two Netherby Roads. The old one is the CN crossing one, the new one begins east of where the old one connects to Townline Road East, which is on the east side of the Welland Canal.

     Mile 1.0 : Strawn Road, Welland : This is Strawn Road. Strawn Road is just a back road which runs between old Netherby Road and Ridge Road. You no longer can take photos of the local CP Welland yard Job here. The line is now abandoned. I didn't mention above, but at about mile 0.45 is Miller Road (Doan's Ridge Road, which it turns into).

     Mile 1.38 (Netherby) : Ridge Road & Netherby Road, Welland : This is the diamond where the CP Welland Tube Lead used to cross the CN Stamford Subdivision. Trains used to call the CN Toronto NI dispatcher to get written permission to cross the diamond. A few times I have seen the CP job have to wait for a CN train to cross first.

     Mile 1.5 : Hwy 140, Welland : This is Hwy 140. The CN line also runs parallel to this line to the Welland Canal bypass to the west. Only CN & CP were allowed to cross Hwy 140 for head room or for servicing both industries. Welland Pipe and Shaw Pipe, as I was told weren't allowed, but I have seen the Shaw Pip do it on occasion, but they can't help it due to the need to pull clear of the switches into their plant.

     Mile 2.08 : Rusholme Road, Welland : Rusholme Road is here. What I commented on about at mile 0.85 of the CN line applies here, as they run side by side.

     Mile 2.4 : End Of Steel : This is the end of the CP line, which ends at a switch onto the CN line.


Operations on this line:

The CP Welland Tube Lead begins at a switch off of the CP Montrose Subdivision CP Brookfield and until September 2002, continued west across CN Netherby Diamond, located at mile 16.6 on the CN Stamford Subdivision. The line then continued across Hwy 140 and first comes upon Shaw Pipe and then Welland Pipe, further up the line beside the Welland Canal.
     As already mentioned, the old line, which used to occupy this area, CP used the south track and CN used the north track. Once west of Hwy 140 CN & CP use each others' line to get around cars left in 'pockets' between switches.
     Both CP's and CN's tracks pass by the two industries following the same line as it did previous to 1971, but now ending at the Welland Canal bypass, joining the CN line.
     When CP wished to cross over CN Netherby Diamond before September 2002, they do not have clearance to do so until they call the CN NI dispatcher in Toronto. They had to wait at signal 21E on the CP Welland Tube Lead until the CN Stamford Subdivision has been given an interlocking stop signal on both sides of CN Netherby Diamond. CN doesn't required any signals to go onto the CN Welland Tube Lead, because the CN Welland Tube Lead is off of the ladder track of Southern end of Southern Yard, which is inside of the bolt lock.
     Until the early 1980's that 21E signal used to turn yellow, after the clearance was given. But since, it is permanently red until the diamond was removed in May 2001. There is also another red dwarf signal on the west side of the diamond. It is also on CP trackage, about halfway between the Diamond and Hwy 140, facing east. It is marked as 22E.
     Service to Shaw Pipe and Welland Pipe used to be once a week around 5-8pm, but now it received no service because Welland Pipe is closed.
     I can remember the first time I saw a CP train on the CP Welland Tube Lead. It was back in February of 1997. My friend and I were driving over the CN Stamford Subdivision at Netherby Road on the first road south of the Diamond. We wanted to check the Interlocking signal status on the south side of the CN Netherby Diamond to the north and the Interlocking signal at Yager to the south.
     Across the Diamond, we saw flatcars. We had to think for a minute to figure out what was going on.
     On May 23, 2002 the diamond was removed across the CN Stamford Subdivision resulting in access to Welland and Shaw pipe cut.
     On September 10, 2002 the crossing at mile 0.2 (Netherby Road) was removed.
     In early April 2003, the Welland Tribune had an article regarding the closure of the Welland Pipe.
     Though CP had been since December 2001 using the CN Welland Tube Spur to access the 2 industries, the CP Welland Tube Lead was used to store unused cars, then in September 2003, the crossing at Netherby Road was torn out.
     The trackage of the CP Welland Tube Lead was ripped up west of Townline Road as far as Netherby (Diamond) in July 2003.
     The trackage east of old CN netherby Diamond was not torn out because it was owned by Stelco. Now that ITS Rail operates on the line, I do not nknow who actually owns the line. I have witnessed ITS Rail testing locomotives on this line between Rushome Road and Hwy 140. ITS Rail likes to keep their new locomotives out of the eye of the public when testing as I have witnessed.


Pictorial view of this line:

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Mile -0.30
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(1998)

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     This photo is of an old stone mile post from the old NYC main line, which later became the CP Welland Tube Lead.

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Mile 15.00
Looking Northeast
(2003)